Apple today announced that several ATI-equipped Macintosh computers will not ever be able to take advantage of OpenGL under Mac OS X. Computers with ATI Rage II+, Rage IIc, Rage Pro, Rage Pro Turbo, Rage LT Pro and Rage Mobility are affected; machines range from the Power Macintosh G3 to the iBook SE. It is likely that thousands of Macintosh users will be affected by this decision.
Best-selling author David Pogue has published a new book entitled \'Mac OS X: The Missing Manual.\' In the book, Mr. Pogue attempts to provide new Mac OS X users with a comprehensive look at the dozens of new features Apple has included. Chapter 2, \'Organizing Your Stuff,\' is available online as a free sample. \"The book should have been in the box.\" (Pogue Press/O\'Reilly, US $24.95)
osx.macnn.com has news of the OS X 10.1.2 update, Open Firmware Password 1.02, a new Audiogalaxy client, QuickTime Stream Server 4.0 preview 2, and other notes.
Metrowerks has posted CodeWarrior Pro 7.1, a maintenance release that includes updates to the CodeWarrior IDE, MetroNub Plugin, Remote Debugger, Compilers, MSL, and project stationery.
Trash X v1.1, an update to the $7 shareware that can instantly delete or shred file and folders without sending them to the trash, now offers secure deletion (shredding) of files and folders.
Apple has released OS X 10.1.2 via the Software Update control panel, which delivers improvements and new functionality, including updated and new USB and FireWire device support, including FireWire-based digital cameras; new PC Card storage device support, including media readers; IrDA modem support for FireWire-based PowerBook models; Audio, Display, and Speech improvements; Networking and Printing improvements as well as AirPort v2.0, Apache web server v1.3.22, and AppleScript v1.8 components. It is required for AppleScript Studio 1.0 to function.
Apple has posted Open Firmware Password 1.02 for OS X 10.1 users, which allows you to enable security features in Open Firmware that can prevent others from starting your computer using a CD or other disk with an operating system on it: \"When you set a Firmware password, it prevents others from starting up the computer from a volume other than the one you have chosen as the startup disk (chosen in the Startup Disk preference panel within the System Preferences.) Once security is enabled, you cannot startup from other devices such as an external FireWire disk, a CD-ROM drive, or another partition or disk inside the computer.\"
Yahoo! is reporting that Microsoft\'s new Windows XP, billed as the most secure Microsoft operating system ever, contains several flaws that allow hackers to take advantage of victim\'s computers. The vulnerabilities were discovered by three security researchers with eEye Digital Security Inc., led by Marc Maiffret. \"This is very serious,\'\' Maiffret said, \"[hackers] could reformat your hard-drive, record your keystrokes.\" Shares of Microsoft are down 4% today.
Ben Spink has released official documentation for CrushFTP 3.0, a $25 FTP (File Transfer Protocol) application for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. CrushFTP uses CRC32 for verifying files, has a built in IRC bot and web searching.
Imation has announced a new, enhanced profiling tool for Verifi Accurate Web Color, the company\'s tool for providing accurate color on the Web. Verifi is a server-based system that dynamically modifies color images to compensate for the differences inherent in the way monitors display color. The new version has an improved process for managing end-user configurations. Verifi is compatible with both Internet Explorer and Netscape on the Mac.
Limewire 2.0, a new version the Java-client for the Gnutella file sharing network, offers \"swarm downloads\" from multiple hosts, reduced bandwidth requirements, broader searches for rare content, improved chat functions, an auto-shutdown option, a simplified interface, better OS X support, iTunes integration, and other enhancements. A $6 \"Pro\" version removes all banner ads and bundled software from the freeware \"Basic\" version. [Classic, Carbon]
Riccardo Ettore has released a public beta of TypeIt4Me X, a Carbon version of his $27 abbreviation expansion utility.
P.O.S. Direct is shipping a new barcode CCD scanner with either a keyboard connector or USB interface. the \"plug \'n play\" CE1000 works with out drives and features a new CPU, new optics and a new ergonomic design. The PS/2 version is $125, while the USB version is $135.
Adobe has posted Acrobat 5.05, which provides additional compatibility and fixes known issues, including support for Mac OS X and the latest versions of Microsoft Office.
Afternoon tech news: Sony\'s CEO fears that the full economic impact of September 11th\'s attacks will not be felt by many high-tech firms until early next year; Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer have issued a 50-page report defending their merger plans against attacks from shareholders; Motorola has signed a $95 million contract to provide mobile phone services in China.
Microsoft will have to wait until next month for a ruling on the proposed billion-dollar settlement of its alleged anti-trust violations. U.S. District Court Judge J. Frederick Motz said he will not decide until after Jan. 10 whether to endorse the settlement deal.
ON24 reports that several analysts are holding their Adobe recommendations, saying that Tuesday\'s injunction barring the company from selling InDesign 1.5 won\'t hurt Adobe\'s bottom line. Shares of Adobe were down $.80 at mid-day, a change of under 3 percent. Adobe plans to ship InDesign 2.0 next month.
Bare Bones today released BBEdit 6.5.1, the latest version of its HTML and text editor. It offers language support for Java Server Pages (JSP), and an improved \"bbedit\" command-line tool, which allows BBEdit to be used as an external editor for Unix programs on Mac OS X. This update also incorporates improvements for running Unix scripts (such as Perl, Python and shell scripts), a scriptable \"Preview as Text\" command, and a simplified interface for choosing a default Mac OS API reference, as well as an assortment of other enhancements and fixes.
CompuCable is shipping two new USB KVM products, including simple manual USB+VGA 2-way switch (USBMS2-AB, $35) and \"Power Reach mini ELITE USB KVM,\" an $90 active electronic USB+VGA 2-way KVM that supports video resolutions up to 1920 x 1440, and offers a built-in self-powered hub.
Troi Dialog Plug-in 3.0 adds a flexible input dialog box, better dialog positioning, better input field control, and other parsing functions to the $40 developer plugin for FileMaker.
Dartware has released the first beta-test version of InterMapper 3.6b1, its network monitoring and alerting software that monitors the servers, routers, switches and other devices on a network and can notify the network manager about problems via audible alerts, e-mail, pages, and cell-phone messages. It offers remote viewing of network maps, a new \"outages\" window, response time measurements, new SNPP probes, and separate log files. [Classic, Carbon]
ATI has begun shipping the Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics card for notebooks. The new chipset supports 128-bit DDR (double data rate) memory and extended battery modes for tasks like watching DVDs. Pricing for the chipset, which may or may not be included on future Apple portables, has not been disclosed.
Nielsen//NetRatings has announced its rankings for the top e-tailers in the month of November. Apple came in fifth with 6.1 million unique visitors, while Amazon.com topped the charts with 31.5 million unique visitors.
Sputnix 0.4B is an unsupported, unofficial \"satellite\" client for the music sharing website, Audiogalaxy. Version 0.4B offers an upload/download speed throttle, support for gold accounts, a new toolbar and search field, the ability to play partially downloaded songs, and improves performance.
QuickTime Streaming Server 4 Public Preview 2 is a \"trial, pre-release, time-limited software release [...] meant for evaluation and development purposes only.\" It adds administration enhancements, a new Setup Assistant, native hinted MPEG-4 streaming, QoS (quality of Service) enhancements, native MP3/Icecast streaming support, and UI improvements to the Playlist Broadcaster. It expires on March 15, 2002.
Marc Moini\'s shareware ($20) startup acceleration utility, Startup Doubler 2.6.2, brings Mac OS 9.2.2 support. (It claims to be \"most useful for pre-G4 Macs, where startup can be made 10% to 50% faster. Fast disks in new high-end Macs can\'t be accelerated much...\") A trial version allows users to measure the time savings.
Chaotic Software just released MP3 Rage 4.0, an update to its $25 set of MP3 tools that adds support for Perl 5-compatible regular expressions to create tags from files, the ability to normalize sound volumes while exporting to AIFF for CD burning, new ID3 involved people list tag information, ID3 sort name for easier sorting in MP3 players, and Windows-compatible MP3 file naming.
Feelorium has released Picture-in-Picture X 1.0.1, a $12 QuickTime movie player that plays movies on an \"always on top window\" (i.e., \"floating window\"). Version 1.01 offers a new dock menu for application control and fixes a bug that caused a crash during window resizing.
Dr. Bott has updated its TiCase ($400) and TiCase Plus ($540) for latest PowerBook G4. The new interior design support seither the new square power adapter or the original round model and also includes space for the iPod. The hard shell cases offer a brushed aluminum look, a combination lock, and a detachable cover, which allows you to use the TiBook while it is in the case using the special \"Lift-o-Matic\" rear pads.
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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl